New On Sundays: My Mother And Other Strangers

New five part BBC One drama from Barry Devlin (Darling Buds of May), My Mother And Other Strangers is the first drama commission to air resulting from the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen Partnership Agreement which aims to develop a competitive screen industry in Northern Ireland.

Set in Northern Ireland during World War Two, My Mother and Other Strangers follows the fortunes of the Coyne family and their neighbours as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a huge United States Army Air Force airfield, with 4,000 service men and women, lands in the middle of their rural parish.

Soon, parish school teacher Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan) becomes involved in a love triangle between her husband, Michael (Owen McDonnell), and the charming USAAF liaison officer, Captain Dreyfuss (Aaron Staton). Meanwhile, Rose and Michael’s 16 year-old daughter Emma (Eileen O’Higgins) has a romantic encounter with a handsome young airman of her own.

Head of Drama for BBC Northern Ireland, Stephen Wright, says: “When Barry Devlin pitched the idea to me, with his own family memories of growing up in a quiet rural place and suddenly having an airbase beside their small Irish village, I could instantly see the potential for stories.”

“How did these two different worlds coexist? Barry writes with a great passion and emotional truth about this world and the characters he knows so well, and I hope that resonates with viewers.”

My Mother and Other Strangers premieres Sunday 13th November at 9pm on BBC One.